At last week’s company update, the senior directors discussed our achievements since the last meeting.
Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick talked about our sadness at the death of Michael Elwood. Michael retired as operations manager for the rail delivery team last year, after 13 years at VGC.
Sean welcomed new members of staff and talked about a number of promotions – we are proud of the way we encourage people to develop their careers at VGC.
Managing Director Laurence Mckidd briefly discussed our aspirations for the next five years. He congratulated the team involved in the Costain Skanska JV works on Crossrail at Bond Street station, where we keep coming top of the contractors safety league table. This is despite competing against much larger companies.
Laurence thanked everyone who had been involved in the business growth plan developed as part of his course at Cranfield University.
We had a reminder to be careful on social media, and not to post anything that might bring VGC or our clients into disrepute.
The HSQE team’s ‘See it, share it’ campaign has been very successful in encouraging people to report good and not-so-good practice on site, and the key influencer refresher training was well received. Richard Wheeler has delivered manual handling ‘train-the-trainer’ training to a number of our people. This is all part of our drive to reduce injuries.
Celebrations and compliments
Group Services Director Ciara Pryce mentioned our 100% REC score, the five star RISQS audit, and our achieving gold status as a partner in the Supply Chain Sustainability School. VGC is listed in the LSE 1000 companies to inspire Britain, as a result of our growth.
There have been too many compliments from our clients to include them all, so Ciara invited people to visit the Testimonials page on our website to read them. She did note Carl Dent who was commended by our client Network Rail for his awareness of safety: do not put yourself at risk by doing unplanned work. ‘Get a proper brief before you start work’ is Be Safe rule 2.
A number of our people have received client awards for their good work: congratulations to Bill Braiden, Jaskaran Singh, Jesus Antonio Abaitu, Mohammed Hasan, Adrian Iliuta and Michelle Jones.
The total raised by our fundraising efforts for charity Bloodwise so far is over £9,800. We hope our charity week in September will enable us to reach our target of £10,500. Ciara thanked the fundraising committee members.
In the last six months VGC has celebrated three weddings and welcomed three more babies.
Sean then handed out long service awards, including 10 year certificates to Gary Stanley and Elaine Ryan. The meeting was followed by a company barbecue at the Middlesex Stadium.